Chair meta

Jun. 1st, 2009 10:28 am
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Sometimes my brain picks up and fixates on the most random things. I don’t know why but I was thinking of the scene in the new Star Trek near the end of the movie, where Kirk and Spock board Spock Prime’s ships and Spock decides to pilot it. When Spock sits in the chair it begins to move on its own, and Spock says, “Fascinating.”

So here’s the things, we have the technology to mechanize a seat and make it move on its own. In fact some luxury cars allow you to program settings for the seat, mirrors, etc into your key, so that with a married couple everything adjusts to whoever is driving.

My point is, if we have this technology, so does the 23rd century. So why is Spock fascinated by the chair being abel to move? Now it’s true that the chairs on the Enterprise turn like most of our chairs do, in other words you use your feet to poistion it how you want, so maybe Spock is thinking what I’m thinking. “What the hell has changed in a hundred years that requires people to have chairs that turn on their own. I mean really dude, how lazy are you. Hell I could turn this chair faster on my own that it’s turning right now. And really I’m in a hurry here. The Earth’s about to be blown up. Can we hurry up with the chair turning?”

Okay so probably Spock doesn’t use the word dude, but you get my point. Spock Prime may be old, but he doesn’t seem so weak that he can’t turn his own chair. So what’s the deal? What’s the major societal change that happens in the hundred plus years between the movie and Spock Prime altering the time line that requires mechanical chairs?

Sorry for the 6-year-belated reply...

Date: 2015-03-30 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] charles_miller
You know, fans have puzzled over the illogic of Star Trek for 50 years. For example, why do the commanding officers always go on the most hazardous missions? If they have artificial gravity, why does the Enterprise crew stagger and fall down every time the ship bumps into something? How is it that Captain Kirk repeatedly encountered super-sophisticated computer systems and androids ruling over entire civilizations, and Kirk could completely burn-out their CPUs by making a paradoxical remark? And why in the 23 Century do their control panels always short out in a shower of sparks? I mean, I can buy a box of electrical fuses at a local hardware store for a couple of bucks in the 21st Century; but, apparently, the United Federation of Planets NEVER HEARD of electrical fuses in the 24th Century.

I thought the same thing about the power-chair scene in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek... Here is Spock who, even as a young kid, can answer a barrage of questions on Quantum Mechanics and Astrophysics, but he is "fascinated" with a pivoting power-chair? Point is, there is no reconciling the utter absence of logic in Star Trek.


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